1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Allan Ramsay

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 139.



Ramsay (1686-1758) was a native of Lanarkshire, Scotland. Most of his long life was passed in Edinburgh, where he was a wig-maker, and then a book-seller and keeper of a circulating library. His pastoral drama, The Gentle Shepherd, first published in 1725, and written in the strong, broad Doric of North Britain, is the finest existing specimen of its class. His songs, too, have endeared him to the Scottish heart.